Hello! Welcome to my PATRON!
I 'm Darya, the designer + maker behind gras 'roots URBAN. Raised by artisans, I can't imagine a "work life" not including some form of creativity. All of my professional experiences have included it. Before making jewelry I was a wedding planner and a private Spanish teacher (where I developed all of my own curriculum and teaching techniques). I just love it when someone learns something and really GETS it. The excitement in that AH-HA moment is contagious. I had never intended on stepping back from wedding planning or teaching, but when my Mom was diagnosed with cancer, I needed a change of pace in my life. What started out as a creative outlet in a very trying time, turned into the flourishing business I have today. That was 8 years ago! My first medium was wire and beads, then I moved into metal smithing. An unfortunate injury meant that I had to move away from metal work and now enters...polymer clay! It is such a versatile material with huge creative potential. It took me all of 5 minutes to become addicted as I completely fell in love with the colour, the way it moves, the endless possibilities. I feel like now is the right time to combine my love of teaching with my love of polymer clay and create a space for all makers to learn and grow in their skills. In this community I will be sharing videos of my working process, unique tips, how to grow a creative business, and the mindset of exceptional quality and individual expression. While the focus will be on polymer clay as a medium, I will also introduce small amounts of wire work and metal smithing techniques. It is my hope that you will all find your own creative voices and the same AH-HA moments in your learning + making!